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Mosaic Stepping Stones

August 20, 2014

My how time flies. I asked the girls to help me create a mosaic stepping stone path in the summer of 2010 using my left-over glass tile scraps (waste not, want not). They made two, I made none, and here we are in the summer of 2014.

Rachel was keen. She planned her image ahead of time and critiqued it regularly along the way. She created the strawberry stone below. Alex was indifferent and preferred to wing-it as she went. She made the tomato vine stone below. Both methods achieved very nice results. That was then – two down and about ten-ish more to go. Now, four years later, I still have ten-ish more to go.

This summer Alex remained indifferent to the idea. She usually ducked out of sight, iPod in tow, at the mere mention of creating more. Rachel was still keen though. However this time her contribution was conditional that we do it together. It’s a small price to pay in exchange for the joy of spontaneously creating something with another. We followed Alex’s lead by ‘winging it’ in a doodle-like fashion, each taking a turn adding to the design and making it up as we went.

Hot off the stepping stone press is the result of our collaboration below – the heart and rainbow gradation stones. Now I’ve only eight-ish more steps to go.

Mosaic stepping stones, heart and rainbow designs in progress.
Mosaic stepping stones with rainbow gradation design.
Mosaic stepping stones with heart, rainbow gradation, rose and strawberries design.
Mosaic stepping stones with heart, rainbow gradation, rose and strawberries design.

© 2014, Dana Aubrey

 

 

Sweet Sailing

July 2, 2014

“If your ship doesn’t come in, sail out to it.”
Jonathan Winters, Actor

Rosemary, cracked pepper cookies. Yum, yum.

Made with love.

xo

P.S. The sweet honey bee (pictured below) didn’t take notice of me as it went about trying to pollinate the yellow flowers. Which were made of plastic. Gulp. Sorry bee 😦

 

© 2014, Dana Aubrey
© 2014, Dana Aubrey
© 2014, Dana Aubrey

© 2014, Dana Aubrey

Musical Interlude: Atoms for Peace

May 1, 2014

Inspiraled By Another, 5.9/66

April 23, 2014

Spring is for friends and lovers.

© 2014, Dana Aubrey, Friends album cover reference photo
Elton John’s “Friends”
original film soundtrack, LP cover art. Circa 1971

Sketch of Elton John's "Friends" album cover art.© 2014, Dana Aubrey© 2014, Dana Aubrey
© 2014, Dana Aubrey

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Inspiraled by Another is a series of 66 photography inspired sketches that made my pencil spin.
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Art Deco Lamp Rescue

April 14, 2014

Peter spotted this junked art deco lamp while skimming through a second hand store. Not all the parts were original, it was badly rusted, and the lamp canopy had been crudely cut in two places thanks to the jerry-rigging of a previous owner. It exuded enough charm to bewitch us both into buying it regardless. We paid too much for it in the end considering how much obvious TLC it needed but it was still a fraction of the cost of buying a well preserved antique light fixture and/or that of an expensive restoration knockoff.

I removed the paint from the fixture’s canopy, then took it all apart and scrubbed at the rust with a S.O.S pad while Peter worked on converting an old, ugly, 6 inch pot light fixture for the lamp’s new ceiling perch. Removing the rust revealed a corroded brass plated finish, further damaged by my scrubbing. I could have spray-painted the whole thing with a faux metal finish but I have a soft spot for natural patina. I decided to strip the metal rings of its brass plating and leave the canopy in its discolored state instead.

This project took a few more months (and elbow grease) to finish then anticipated after freelance work pulled me away. It sat in pieces in a box on my living room floor long enough for me to forget what all the fuss was about to begin with. I couldn’t remember what it looked like when it was in one piece and debated abandoning it all together. However, driven by curiosity and a waste not, want not mentality, I persevered. During reassembly it became obvious nothing was square or symmetrical, leading me to believe this must be a homemade lamp. Of course that made me love it even more.

And voila! Not too shabby after a little spit and polish don’t you think?!

Dismantled ceiling lamp, refinishing details in progress.
Refurbished ceiling lamp, before and after shot.
Refurbished art deco ceiling lamp, side view against blue backdrop.
Refurbished ceiling lamp, dimmed lighted seen from below.

© 2014, Dana Aubrey

 

 

The Button Factory

March 27, 2014

Another March Break craft by the kids.

My original intention when I bought The Button Factory kit was to produce personalized buttons for friends and family. Regrettably the kit didn’t measure up to my expectations. Using the tools supplied, I could not get the tin & fabric sandwich to successfully cinch together. I got as far as the thready button below before giving up and tossing the kit in the cupboard.

Over the March Break the girls found it. Alex in particular is a huge button fan so she was pretty keen to try her hand at it. Like me they discovered the fastening process didn’t work well. Unlike me, they enlisted the extra muscle of their dad who was better able to force the dysfunctional parts into a functional form. After a while, even Peter threw his hands up in the air in defeat but not before he was able to help them produce these funky creations below.

 

© 2014, Dana Aubrey© 2014, Dana Aubrey© 2014, Dana Aubrey

© 2014, Dana Aubrey

 

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